With a high-impact winter storm catching a lot of folks off guard in the D/FW Metroplex I’ve decided to share driving tips for those who will be heading home this afternoon. Keep in mind that temperatures will remain well below freezing until Saturday. While we should see snow intensity decrease by early afternoon we will not likely see drastic improvements in road conditions. We’re also expecting light freezing rain tonight which will deposit a thin layer of ice tonight making roads even worse.

Winter Driving Safety Tips from TxDOT

Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions

Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice

Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet back if you are behind a snow plow

Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first

If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction then straighten your vehicle

You can download a brochure the Texas Department of Transportation has put together for a full range of driving tips and information related to driving in severe winter weather conditions.